Last night (Wednesday, January 14th), the Chicago Teachers Union’s House of Delegates, its ruling body, voted by a wide margin to endorse Ed Hershey in his race for 25th ward alderman. Teacher and Paraprofessional delegates, who each represent the school where they work, voted for a teacher who has stood up to fight for better schools in Chicago. Ed Hershey’s campaign will work to spread the message that working people have to fight for the schools, jobs and public services that they need.
December 17, some hundreds of students walked out of Lindblom to protest the killing of young black men by cops. They staged a "die-in" on the front plaza of this Chicago city high school in the West Englewood neighborhood.
Jim Vail, a long-time teacher activist in the Chicago Public Schools, interviewed Ed about his campaign for Alderman in Chicago's 25th Ward. The interview appeared at secondcityteachers.blogspot.com on January 3, 2015. We reprint the interview below.
The results are in for the five candidates who dared to run as an independent slate representing a working class policy.